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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What exactly is it that causes lung cancer. Is it the nicotine, the tobacco, or the smoke?

What exactly is it that causes lung cancer. Is it the nicotine, the tobacco, or the smoke?

The smoke: It is the smoke that causes the lung cancer. The smoke causes an intense inflammatory reaction in the lungs, and when this continues for years and years, it can cause lung cancer. Now, the nicotine itself doesn't usually cause the cancer, but it is more addictive than heroin. Thus, you get hooked on the cigarettes, which have the smoke, which causes the cancer. A very, very sinister product.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Kirk Charles Dr. Charles
Surgery - Vascular
18 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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I'm 16 can I get lung cancer from smoking electronic cigarettes with nicotine ive been smoking them for about a year and I do every day, smoke alot during the day so is it possible for me to get lung cancer from smoking them?

I'm 16 can I get lung cancer from smoking electronic cigarettes with nicotine ive been smoking them for about a year and I do every day, smoke alot during the day so is it possible for me to get lung cancer from smoking them?

Unknown: Longterm effects of e-cigarettes are not known since they are relatively new. They may be safer than traditional cigarettes from a cancer standpoint but effects of nicotine on your health can be dangerous as well.

Dr. Joseph Accurso Dr. Accurso
Radiology
25 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Yes: Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous.

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Dr. Brian Mott Dr. Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
25 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

Smoking: Although three are some common causes of lung cancer by far the most common culprit is cigarette smoking.

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Dr. William Galli Dr. Galli
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
23 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can any doc tell me what's the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer?

Can any doc tell me what's the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer?

Almost in order: 1st cigaretts then: pipe and cigars, asbestos, radon family genes. History of lung ca pollution. People forget radon alot for non smokers. Hope it helps. Look at the american cancer society web site.

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Dr. Sunnie Skiles Dr. Skiles
Pediatrics
30 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?

As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?

YES,: But not because of the nicotine that gets you hooked, but from all the other components such as the tar and the heat of the smoke is also a factor. Do non- smokers get lung cancer, yes they do but not in the high numbers we see from first hand and second hand smoke from tobacco. The only chemical that has been a cause for concern is the addition of extra nitcotine in the tobacco, but can't prove

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Dr. Donald Elton Dr. Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

Not likely: The vast majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking - i.e. First hand cigarette smoke. Lung cancer is rare in people who have never smoked. If car exhaust were an important contributor we'd see far more cancer in people who had never smoked.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Yes: They're not so deadly as cigarettes because people smoke fewer and the smoke is so disgusting that it's not much inhaled. However, I've autopsied two non-smoking wives of heavy cigar smokers who died of smoker-type lung cancer -- my only non-smoker lung cancer autosies. I'd had to be a husband who had to live with that one.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan Dr. Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
19 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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How can smoking cause lung cancer?

How can smoking cause lung cancer?

Many ways: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke.

Dr. Pasala Ravichandran Dr. Ravichandran
Surgery - Thoracic
40 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Madras Medical College
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How can smoking cause lung cancer?

How can smoking cause lung cancer?

Toxins: Irritation, tar and other hundreds of impurities in the cigarettes.

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg Dr. Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
27 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How can air pollution cause lung cancer?

How can air pollution cause lung cancer?

The same way cigs do: Any high level inhalation of hydrocarbon combustion prodicts (tobacco, diesel, wood stove) can lead to cancer, but obviously with cigarettes you are looking at enormous amounts of combutsion product over many years. Urban dwellers get lung cancer at a higher rate than rural folks, but the effect pales compared to the effect of smoking.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Will tamoxifen medicine cause lung cancer?

No: Tamoxifen has uses in some breast cancers. No medication cures lung cancer. Cancer is serious business and if you have questions about whether you or a loved one may have it or what's the best treatment, please get with a specialist. I'm glad you care and appreciate your asking.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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How exactly does smoking cause lung cancer?

How exactly does smoking cause lung cancer?

Tobacco's carcinogen: Tobacco contains a number of chemicals which are the cause of cancer. So tobacco taken in any form (Chewing, snorting or smoking introduces these chemicals in the body, and given sufficient concentration of these chemicals, the end result of such exposure is cell damage leading to development of Cancers of many types (all tissues coming in contact with tobacco can develop Cancer (Aerodigestive tract

Dr. Anthony Perez-tamayo Dr. Perez-tamayo
Surgery - Thoracic
27 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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What can cause lung cancer besides smoking?

Lung cancer causes: Argon gas Scars from previous lung injury Asbestos exposure Genetic susceptibility Proliferation of neural crest origin cells- small cell/carcinoid.

Dr. Frederick Tibayan Dr. Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
19 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Please explain why tobacco causes lung cancer?

Please explain why tobacco causes lung cancer?

It's complicated.: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke.

Dr. Kris Gast Dr. Gast
Radiation Oncology
27 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Can lung cancer cause sudden mental impairment?

MS changes in lungCA: Lung ca can spread to the brain and cause changes in a persons mental status...Making them confused, headache, dizzy, nauseated, or even think they have had a stroke.It can also cause changes in blood calcium and if the calcium goes up the person can get very confused and lethargic. This can happen even when the lung cancer is still very early.

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I am wondering what causes lung cancer besides smoking?

Multiple: Radon gas, industrial air pollution, asbestos, genetics, etc. Given enough time, studies will likely show that anything can cause cancer, given a larger enough concentration, exposure, and time.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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Dr. Glenn Messina Dr. Messina
Aesthetic Medicine
31 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can you tell me how is it that smoking causes lung cancer?

Can you tell me how is it that smoking causes lung cancer?

Many things: Chemicals in the cigarette my cause cellular change in the lung as well as nicotine which can cause cancer in the mouth as well Cigarette smoke its tobacco tar and smoke all inflame the lungs and may lead to cancer

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Dr. David Cooke
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